City Hosts Fixit Clinic

Fixit ClinicA City of Cambridge Fixit Clinic. Photo courtesy of the Department of Public Works.

Got something that needs mending? A Fixit Clinic this weekend will bring together experienced tinkerers to help people fix appliances, clothing, phones, computers, and more.

Here’s how it works: People bring in their broken items, and volunteer coaches walk them through the fix so they can learn more about how to do similar repairs in the future.

“It’s a great way of taking these items that a lot of people don’t want to go buy a new one [of], or items that may be something they’ve had for so long and they love to have, and just putting them back into use,” Cambridge Recycling Director Michael Orr explains.

The city has hosted a handful of Fixit Clinics in the past. The clinics are in line with the city’s goal to reduce trash by 30 percent by 2020 (from a 2008 baseline), according to Orr.

“Before recycling and composting, one of the best things to do is reduce and reuse, and sometimes we forget about those in the discussion of waste,” he says. “These reuse events [help] people understand that there’s an alternative. Even if it was a cheap toaster, you might still be able to recover it and keep it in use. We’re definitely looking to see how we can grow the world of reuse and repair.”

The clinic will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library’s main branch (449 Broadway) on May 18. It is co-hosted by the Department of Public Works, the Community Development Department, and the library. Organizers are expecting roughly 40 to 50 attendees.